THE oldest person to receive an award in the Northern Ireland New Year Honours is a 90-year-old charity worker from Ballynahinch.
Georgina Dickson has been recognised with a BEM (British Empire Medal) for her tireless charity work in the local community and she still helps out in the town’s War on Want shop.
Originally from the Cregagh area of east Belfast, the sprightly pensioner also collects for good causes around the streets and pubs.
“I started with the arthritis research but then I did the cancer research, and I’m still doing it,” she said.
“I still go around the pubs and all the other places to collect money with the boxes.
“I’m very interested in Christian Aid and I do a lot of collecting for it once a year. I’m slowing up.
“I was OK up until a while ago and then I fell and fractured my leg, but apart from that I’m fine.”
Commenting on her prestigious award, a modest Mrs Dickson said she was surprised at the news.
“I really don’t deserve it and other people do better things than I do,” she said.
Mrs Dickson has been a member of the Presbyterian Women’s Association for many years. She has also volunteered as the congregational agent for Christian Aid, helping to raise awareness, as well as funds, for missionary work and local charities.
She said her main focus at the minute was the War on Want shop.
She said: “I get very fond of the customers and they would come in and say ‘where have you been the last couple of weeks?’ if you haven’t been in.”